Thursday, September 6, 2012
I wonder where the birds go during the daytime? I think that they keep to some sort of schedule. A pre-determined list as to which yard to visit at specific times.
Haven’t seen the Flicker or the Downy Woodpeckers, but that could be because they are out and about in the early hours of the day, before I go outside.
The sparrows seem to be here all day and they have a lookout for fresh birdseed .. whenever I top up the feeders, I hear a series of loud chirps and soon there are quite a number of them feeding away.
The demure little Fox sparrows visit .. but mainly the thistle seed feeders. There are three, but they favour the two that are hidden away. One of them is for birds who feed upside down … I’d purchased it on sale and hadn’t noticed this until I was assembling the feeder and thought, well, this is weird!
The Chickadee soon has it figured out. And I reckon that the Nuthatch has also discovered the proper way to get at the seeds .. except that I haven’t seen them for a few days either.
Our home is on the flight path to the local Nature Sanctuary .. and so I am lucky enough to see a few Canada Geese flying overhead in the early evening, before the sun slips away.
Sometimes they catch me by surprise, flying low overhead .. so low that I can see the light of the sun reflecting off of their underbelly. Flapping their wings in unison, resulting in that lovely swoosh swoosh sound .. and then their strong calls as they head to their nightly sleeping place.
And sometimes there is a lone straggler, I don’t hear him till he swoops over, calling out a loud Honk! ha ha . .you caught me there!
My camera isn’t quick enough to catch them flying so close .. so I content myself with blurry images as they fly over houses in the neighbourhood .. still hoping to snap a pic when they fly low over our yard.
Taking time out to watch the antics of the birds is such a rich block of time .. to watch these tiny beings. Taught how to survive by their parents. They seem so defenseless .. how will they survive. But their world is much tougher than ours and they are schooled well .. so they forge out their daily lives very well.
Loving the brilliant splash of colour that the surprise sunflowers bring to the yard. Tiny or tall .. I love them all!
The mystery flowers that spring up .. they are welcome here anytime. Perhaps the birds bring them in to decorate .. now that’s a lovely idea!
Yesterday I began the transformation of the veggie bed. Dug up and potted some of the kale plants that are growing. Several of the cabbage plants that are growing in the shade and should be in the sun, well, they are being added to the compost. Yet, there is one little cabbage, it is forming a solid head, so I’m leaving that one to continue growing.
I dig away at this makeshift garden bed that I formed, simply to have a neater mulch pile. There are bales of spoiled hay, alpaca manure, oak leaves, spent hops .. all combined to create a lovely garden soil. So instead of leaving this in a mulch pile .. I’ve used it as a place to grow kale, squash and cucumber.
Moved most of this material into the middle of my veggie bed .. to prepare for my next garlic bed. This year the cloves are larger .. and I’ll plant more, but will ensure that I space them with lots of room to grow.
I worked away for a few hours, then time for a break … feeling quite satisfied at the progress that I’ve made. And more to be done.
So away .. the start of a new day …. out in the sun!